9 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe During Bad Weather

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by COUNTRY Financial. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.

Everyone loves the summertime sun. Days at the splash park, the pool and the park are the perfect way to spend your lazy, hazy days of summer when the kids are home from school.

Unless the hazy days turn into lazy, rainy days.

It’s a tradeoff, right? With the sun and the warmer temperatures, we will get some storms too. Depending on what part of the country you’re in you might get A LOT of storms.

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While the middle of the country typically gets heavy thunderstorms and tornados, the South East and East Coast deal with tropical storms, hurricanes or the rain that’s left from them.

If you’re a parent, it’s important to have a comprehensive safety plan to make sure your family is ready to deal with major weather events.

No one wants to think of a worst-case scenario in a storm, but the more prepared you are, the better the outcome will be when the clouds clear. I’m terrified of storms so when they strike, the more prepared I can be, the better. June is National Safety Month and I’ve partnered with COUNTRY Financial to talk about nine ways you can help keep your family safe during storm season.

Protect your home as best you can

Depending on the storm, you may have a lot of warning before it hits. To minimize damage, make sure to secure your home as best you can.

For tornados and heavy thunderstorms:

  • Secure lawn furniture, planters and your grill. If you can’t secure them, look for a way to move them to an indoor location well before the storm hits. This will keep them from turning into flying objects that might end up in your window.
  • Close storm shutters if you have them. If you don’t, at least close the blinds or curtains to try to minimize debris.

For hurricanes and tropical storms:

  • Secure any outdoor furniture and other outdoor living equipment.
  • Make sure that you’ve boarded up windows and/or closed the storm shutters to eliminate flying debris and broken glass.
  • Turn off your utilities, if need be.

For all storms, make sure you’ve secured important documents. Keep them in a waterproof case with you during the storm or scan them and keep them on the Cloud. After the storm passes you’ll want to make sure you have things like your insurance card, social security cards, mortgage paperwork and deed, bank account numbers and passports.

bad weather - the everyday mom life

bad weather - the everyday mom life

Sign up for whether alerts

Find apps or sign up for alerts from the Weather Channel so that you’re notified on your phone when bad weather is on its way. Some communities even have area alerts you can sign up for. You can get calls, receive texts and get pop-ups on your screen. Add these to your kids’ phones too.

bad weather - the everyday mom life

bad weather - the everyday mom life

bad weather - the everyday mom life

Designate a safe room

Make sure everyone knows the one room in your house that is the safe room during a storm. For people who live in single story or two-story homes with no basements, this room is an interior room with no doors or windows. For people who have a basement, determine which spot will be best for your family to take cover. Again, pick a spot that has no doors or windows to the outside.

Make a Storm Kit and have it ready to go

Create a kit that will include everything you need to get through the storm. Whether this is a shorter storm like heavy thunderstorms or a tornado or a storm you need to really hunker down for like a hurricane, you will want to make sure you have this kit prepared and ready to go.

Include things like water, a first-aid kit, a portable phone charger, flash lights, etc. We’ve put together this Storm Safety Plan Checklist that will help to ensure you have all your needs met. Keep everything in a water-tight container and store it near your safe room. You can find it in the Printables section.

bad weather - the everyday mom life

Don’t forget the pets

Pets are a part of the family too so make sure you grab them before heading to your shelter or evacuate. Include items specifically for them in your Storm Kit so you have everything you need to provide for their needs in a pinch. They’re going to be stressed out.

Plan a path for evacuation

If you have a major hurricane headed your way, chances are that you will have to leave your home. Use the Storm Safety Plan Checklist to make sure you’ve packed everything you need. Make sure you’ve communicated the path you will take out of your neighborhood to any family members that might be outside of the home or any family members that might be looking to locate you after the storm.

bad weather - the everyday mom life

bad weather - the everyday mom life

bad weather - the everyday mom life

Agree on a meeting place

If your family isn’t together during a storm, agree on a place to meet up after the weather has passed. If your kids are at school or your spouse is at work, you’ll want to make sure you can find each other if the house has become too unsafe.bad weather - the everyday mom life

Find a way to communicate

Sometimes after a bad storm communication can be complicated. If the telephone wires to your landline are down or your cell phone is out of power, make sure your family has a variety of options for finding one another again. Make one relative the contact point for everyone or use social media to connect.

Survey damages, mitigate and call your insurance agent

Once the storm has passed, assess the damage to your home and photograph it for your COUNTRY Financial insurance agent.

Then, mitigate the damages as best you can. For instance, board up a broken window, call a water mitigation service to start cleaning excess water, put plywood over a hole in the roof (if you can), etc. Call COUNTRY Financial or your insurance company to make a homeowners’ property insurance claim.

Your insurance agent will guide you through the process of making a claim and getting an adjuster to your property to formally inspect the damage.

For more information on home owners’ insurance, visit the COUNTRY Financial website here. They offer coverage on single family homes, condos and townhomes and renters insurance. We’ve been insured with them for almost 10 years now.

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  • Sage July 05, 2018 07.21 pm

    I feel so fortunate to live in Denmark where extreme weather isn’t very common. The weather in CT has become more extreme since I moved away and I’m happy to have dodged some nasty storms. I’m sharing this post with my sister.

  • Jenni LeBaron July 05, 2018 07.33 pm

    Having a family plan in place, including a storm kit and supplies is so smart. The storm could be small and just knock power out for a few days, but even then it’s really nice to have things ready.

  • Ann Snook July 05, 2018 08.49 pm

    Making a storm kit is such a smart idea! That way you don’t have to run around packing things when you’re trying to evacuate quickly. I grew up in the Northeast and luckily never had to leave our house because of a storm.

  • Tara July 05, 2018 10.10 pm

    Great information! Needs to be shared to keep all the little ones in our lives safe 🙂

  • Amy July 05, 2018 10.52 pm

    I do need to create an emergency kit again. It is no fun when storm season is around the corner!

  • Sherry July 05, 2018 11.37 pm

    After reading this I know that I am in no way prepared for a major storm. Having a plan in place is so important. We will be moving to a new city next month so I will definitely put a plan in place.

  • Stephanie July 05, 2018 11.57 pm

    As a native Floridian now living in Houston, TX, I can agree to every single bit of this! I’ve been through more hurricanes and tropical storms than I can count. We have a storm cabinet in my boys’ bathroom (safest place in the house) with our emergency kit and all types of things. We’ve had a few tornado warnings and had to wake the boys. Now anytime it starts storming they ask if it’s a “bad storm” that we have to go to the bathroom.

  • Liz Mays July 06, 2018 12.09 am

    This is a helpful reminder. We’ve run into unexpected storms before and it’s no fun. I like having things planned out.

  • Allison Cooper July 06, 2018 12.12 am

    These are such great tips! Living in a high apartment building in NYC, I often overlook these things whenever storms hit. I need to definitely be more aware of unplugging things during a storm for sure!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All July 06, 2018 01.01 am

    Hurricane Sandy landed directly on our head. Even those that thought they were ready weren’t ready. If you’re in place when a storm arrives a good supply of water and nonperishable foods is a must.

  • Cassie @ Getyourholidayon July 06, 2018 01.19 am

    This is really helpful information. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I love that you added a safe room. I think that is a fantastic idea! 🙂

  • Stacie Hamilton July 06, 2018 01.19 am

    This is all great advice. We get really bad storms here in Texas, especially in the spring. When my kids were young they always knew their safe spots in the house.

  • Kathy July 06, 2018 01.27 am

    These are all some really good tips. It’s always important to be careful in bad weather. I always stay up to date with the weather. I have an app on my phone for that, plus social media keeps me up to date on all weather too.

  • Audrey July 06, 2018 01.28 am

    I think it’s a fantastic idea to have a solid plan for bad weather. We’ve been fortunate to have avoided anything major; but, just because we haven’t, doesn’t mean we won’t!

  • Cristy July 06, 2018 01.40 am

    Such great tips. Since it is hurricane season we need to get our plan in place.

  • cait July 06, 2018 01.59 am

    wow this is actually super valuable info 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Tonya Michelle July 06, 2018 02.18 am

    These are great tips that everyone should get familiar with! I’ll have to save this one

  • krystal July 06, 2018 02.36 am

    This is scary but oh so important! We live in Florida so we have to worry about storms constantly.

  • Heather July 06, 2018 03.32 am

    Our biggest concern is earthquakes, and we try to be prepared. However, looking through your list makes me realize there’s more we could do. I definitely need to check in on our insurance policy.

  • Patricia July 06, 2018 03.53 am

    This is so smart. We really need to get an evacuation plan in order!!

  • janis July 06, 2018 05.32 am

    What a helpful and comprehensive post for family who live in areas where severe weather is common, especially summer lightning and thunder storms. Keeping kids safe could not be more important.

  • Helene July 06, 2018 10.02 am

    So many useful tips! Preparation is the key to any difficult situation, especially when kids need to be protected the mot.

  • Kim July 06, 2018 10.50 am

    These are some good, practical and easy to follow tips. We can never be too prepared when a disaster strikes.

  • Jack July 06, 2018 11.19 am

    It’s great to be prepared and your steps will help a lot. The next storm we will be prepared for it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Melanie July 06, 2018 01.18 pm

    We have bad thunderstorms here, but, thankfully, that is usually as bad as it gets. I know other parts of the country have much more extreme weather. We have most of these down except for finding a way to communicate. I probably should invest in some sort of walkie talkie or something.

  • Mary July 06, 2018 01.23 pm

    I’ve never lived anywhere where there is extreme weather, but I will passing along your post to a few friends in the mid-west. Safety for children is most important.

  • Chef Dennis July 06, 2018 01.35 pm

    The weather certainly has been getting crazier these days. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  • Kayla July 06, 2018 02.06 pm

    We live I. Oklahoma where the treat of tornados is real. It’s importsnt to stay safe and know what to do.

  • Marysa July 06, 2018 02.39 pm

    These are such great ideas. We don’t have a plan set up, and I should make sure we have an emergency kit. It’s so important to be prepared, especially with kids.

  • Preeti July 06, 2018 05.46 pm

    Those are really great tips for managing bad weather. Extreme weather changes are really difficult, always.

  • Paula Schuck July 06, 2018 07.04 pm

    We have had some extreme weather this year here in southern Ontario. Just yesterday another really big thunderstorm took out trees all over town and the lights are out on most of the main streets as well. Earlier in May a windstorm took out a big chunk of my fence. Pays to have a plan.

  • Wanda Lopez July 06, 2018 11.21 pm

    Wonderful post and great tips. I need to work on so many of these points, like the kit. We don’t have one yet.

  • mya kroeplin July 06, 2018 11.44 pm

    great tips. I live in WI so weather changes at the drop of a hat. it’s always good to be prepared.

  • Dorothy Reinhold July 07, 2018 02.22 am

    This post is such a great reminder! I need to update our plan asap!

  • Tami July 07, 2018 04.17 am

    I do not have a storm kit. I do not know why I overlooked this. Bad weather terrifies me and we really need to be prepared.

  • Jess July 07, 2018 05.38 am

    Great awareness and points to keep and bring out every summer. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linh July 07, 2018 06.30 pm

    Such useful advice! It’s important to be thoughtful about unexpected bad weather. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nany July 07, 2018 10.13 pm

    I didn’t realize June is National Safety Month, and these are worth printing out and filing. Pets can get overlooked in the stress.

  • Melissa July 09, 2018 01.48 pm

    Thanks for these great tips for keeping your family safe during bad weather. I absolutely love the Mom kit! I am actually going to make one for my house and for my car! What a helpful suggestion! Now hopefully we will never “need” to use it 🙂


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